Whale watching, Gulf Islands (Tom Ryan photo)
Whale watching in British Columbia is an extraordinary experience. Set out on a whale-watching tour to spot Orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, Pacific grey whales – all in their natural habitats.
Whale-watching opportunities abound May through October, and tours leave from major cities such as Vancouver and Victoria, along with more remote locations such as Northern BC and off the north and west coasts of Vancouver Island (named by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of North America’s Best Whale Watching Spots in 2010).
Choose from a range of whale-watching tours, such as a few hours on an open-air high-speed Zodiac; a full day spent on a comfortable cruiser with indoor seating and spacious viewing deck; or even a historic sailboat for a week-long luxury adventure.
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1119 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
SpringTide's 61' Marauder IV provides the perfect platform for whale viewing & photography with 360° viewing decks & a terrific sound system to capture underwater vocalizations. Biologists provide informative lectures, while you enjoy free hot beverages, comfortable indoor/outdoor seating & spacious washroom facilities.
Charter Marauder for your private events.
Just for the thrill of it, suit-up for a Zodiac tour! Naturalist interpretations throughout your excursion covering biology & behaviour of whales, marine mammals & birds.
3 hour tours from April through October.
Day trips, including transportation &/or hotels are available from Vancouver & Seattle.
Sportfishing Charters Available on 42' Sportfish Yacht.
12551 #1 Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
Departing historic Steveston village, 'Gateway to the Orcas', join us for a cruise through the Gulf Islands in search of orcas & other whales. Along the way, be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, porpoises and aquatic birds, as well as the majestic bald eagles.
The boats are semi-enclosed with an upper viewing deck. The small group size of 23 passengers allows you freedom to move around the vessel. We are an owner-operated company and each tour is fully narrated. We have on-board washroom facilities & complimentary water & coffee are provided. Pre-ordered lunch is also available.
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Committed to ethical & educational wildlife viewing, we are the first whale watching company established in BC, now in our 34th season. Based in Telegraph Cove, we offer tours through Johnstone Strait & Broughton Archipelago Area.
Depending on the season, you may see Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoises, Dall's porpoise, Humpback Whales, Bears, Steller sea lions, various birds, Pacific white-sided dolphins, & our famous Orca (killer whales).
Cruise in comfort in our 60 foot (17 metre) vessel MV Lukwa which has heated cabins & toilets, hydrophone (underwater microphone) so that you can hear the Orca vocalizations throughout the vessel.
210-12240 Second Ave
Richmond, British Columbia
Go whale watching with Vancouver Whale Watch. This adventure tour of a lifetime starts in picturesque Steveston, travelling through the spectacular Gulf & San Juan Islands. We offer whale watching, wildlife viewing & nature tours in open or semi-covered zodiac style vessels. See Orcas (Killer Whales), Dall's porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles & seals. The only company with Zodiac style boats, we ensure a safe & stable ride for all ages. Avoid ferry hassles by taking your tour direct from Vancouver. Our shuttle will pick you up at your hotel & have you back downtown before dinner. Guaranteed sightings.
101 Fourth St
Tofino, British Columbia
First Class boats with comfortable price! Whales, Hot Springs, Bears, Marine Charters! Our boats: Wasco & Nanuq provide one of the best experiences in Tofino, BC! Both have warm inside seating for all, 3 outdoor viewing decks with seats, & each vessel has a restroom. This allows our guests to keep warm & dry or feel the wind in their hair & provides everyone a front row view of the wildlife!
Tumbo Channel Rd
Saturna Island, British Columbia
Gulf Island Whale Watching
Departures from Pender Mayne and Saturna Island, well situated close to the San Juan & Gulf Islands, offering some of the most beautiful scenery & abundant natural wildlife in the world. From this strategic location, in the middle of the Orcas summer range that extends from Victoria to Vancouver harbor, combined with the vessel's high speed, whales are easily spotted in their natural habitat. As a member of a large & extensive spotting network we can reliably pinpoint the whales location most days.
1806 Mast Tower Rd
Vancouver, British Columbia
Wild Whales Vancouver is the only dedicated whale watching company departing from Vancouver. The Wild Whales experience allows you to observe Killer Whales and the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. It is an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime!
Board one of our vessels at Vancouver's historic Granville Island. Keep your cameras ready as you travel into English Bay, where views of Vancouver and the Coast Mountains are.
Every trip is different as we explore the Strait of Georgia, the Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juan Islands in search of whales. Sightings guaranteed!
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We offer multi-day cruises through Haida Gwaii's (Queen Charlotte Islands') Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Northern Vancouver Island, the Great Bear Rainforest, North Coast/ Khutzeymateen and Southeast Alaska. Our 68' vessels provide the perfect base from which to tour remote coastlines. On these world-class learning journeys we expect to see whales, bears, rich intertidal zones, and a great number of birds. With our First Nations guides we visit ancient villages, see totem poles and hope to catch a glimpse of the Kermode. Our experienced Crew and on-board naturalist will take you places that few have visited on our award-winning expeditions.
Minstrel Island, British Columbia
Clio Channel near Minstrel Island, Knight Inlet is home to Bones Bay Resort/Float Lodge. Centrally anchored in the remote, pristine waters of Bones Bay, our small, intimate guest lodge is perfectly located. We provide guests the option to book Wildlife Eco-Tours, Fishing Adventures or Combination Stays.
These unique opportunities appeal to individuals, couples or families wanting a diverse & exciting vacation holiday that will offer the experience of a lifetime. Join us at our remote lodge for custom designed, fully guided tours & adventures.
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Simoon Sound (Gilford Island)
Telegraph Cove, British Columbia
Sea kayak in comfort based from our oceanside or float-house
accommodations. Enjoy catered meals or cook for yourself. Guided
kayak tours & rentals are available, as well as charter boat tours & kayak transport. Acupressure massage is also available on-site.